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Children of Blood and Bone

Written by: Tomi Adeyemi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Audiobook of the year.

This program is narrated by acclaimed reader Bahni Turpin, whose past work includes The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad

In Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut.

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise. 

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. 

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

©2018 Tomi Adeyemi (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening intently.... Turpin's captivating narration, with incantations sung in Yoruba, intense battles, and lively, devastating dialogue, makes this an audiobook not to be missed." (AudioFile)

"[Narrator Bahni Turpin] excels at customizing her voice to capture the unique personalities of each character.... This excellent, refreshing performance of Adeyemi's exciting debut is recommended for all collections where fantasy is popular." (Booklist)

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I’m speechless!

Wow. What a book. It is a breath of much needed (and long overdue) fresh air. I am so glad I bought the kindle version and the audible as well. I think I might even buy the physical book too just so I can see it in my shelf and show it off. I feel so blessed, grateful and proud to be who I am and see my people represented so beautifully.

Thank you Tomi for writing this book. You’ve inspired me to start putting words onto paper of a story that I’ve had in my head for years. And thank you Bahni for your incredible narration.
Coming across gems like this book are like a gift from the gods themselves. The future shines brighter than ever before!



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Absolutely amazing

I WANT MORE!! I had to check and make sure there was a sequel coming because I need to know what happened!! Did magic come back? Such a powerful, moving, gripping story. Wonderfully written and performed. I hope there is a movie in the works because I would love to see this story told on big screen! The author's note at the end is also incredibly moving. Strongly recommend that everyone read/listen to this book.

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Narration was disappointing

Wish this story was narrated by someone who knew the language well enough to pronounce the words properly. As a Yoruba person I struggled to connect with this book which I didn’t think would be a problem when purchasing it.

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Very good.

Darker overall than Harry Potter. But very well drawn world and characters. Was slow at times. But the moral dilemma that crept in the last third of the book made for an interesting internal conflict.

Bahni Turpin, the audio book narrator, was incredible!! She definitely helped to sell the world and characters with full-on African accents that were even differentiated by class. Even her male voices were well done! Will probably follow this series.

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Awesome!

Loved this book. Highly recommend. Can't wait for the 2nd book. Give this one a try.

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Say on the car and was late too often bc I could not stop listening!

I was captivated with the characters and the storyline. Such a good tale of adventure, majic and intrigue that I could not wait to have stolen listening moments, so I stole them myself!

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Unbelievably Magical!

My initial thoughts were I was going to enjoy it as it was different than what I'm used to reading. I absolutely loved it wish it wouldn't end!

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Just amazing

I was a bundle of nerves. I laughed. I cried. and I never thought I could love a book and it's characters this much.

Read this. Listen to it. it will change how you see the world.

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what an amazing book and amazing performance!

I loved all of it, couldn't get enough of it! I felt everything I was meant to feel since the reader put so much emotion in it!

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An Awesome book which needed a Nigerian Narrator

it was a very enjoyable book, but the narrator's inability to speak Yoruba and pronounce Yoruba and other Nigerian words properly, left much wanting. I cried, not because of the story itself although the story is breathtaking, but for the mispronunciations. I am Nigerian, and can tell when Ibadan wasn't pronounced with Yoruba accent. Again, it's a lovely book which could do with a better narrator.

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  • Samantha
  • Houma, LA, United States
  • 2018-03-09

Beautifully Written

I was watching GMA on 3/7/18 and I saw the author Tomi Adeyemi being interviewed by Robin Roberts talking about her book and how excited she was when Stephen King reached out to her on Twitter, yes ma’am he knows your name now. Lol.
So I decided to download it.
I just finished the book today on 3/8/18, yes it took me two days to listen to the whole thing. After downloading the book, first thing I did was turned off my television and I sat in my dark bedroom listening to the book. I felt like I was Sebastian from the Never Ending Story... lol. For 18 hours I listened to this awesome book. Only stopping to eat, sleep and use the restroom. That’s how caught up I was, my husband didn’t even mess with me because he knew better. Lol.
It was Amazing, Captivating, Brilliantly Written. I love how the author took us on this quest into her imagination. Thank you Tomi Adeyemi.

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  • Antwan C. Suttle
  • 2018-03-07

Amazing Story!

I could see every clan, every Maji, every lock of white hair. I felt every emotion. Such a detailed and well written story.

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  • Tenia
  • Trenton, NJ, United States
  • 2018-03-10

AMAZING!

This book was an excellent listen. The narrator was a great fit for this book. as an African American woman, this book was very emotional as my ancestors were stolen from their land and our culture and traditions lost. Listening to this book has me yearning for more. To find out more about where we originated from. I know it's early in 2018, but this is one of the best books I've purchased in a long time.

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  • Ezanya O
  • 2018-03-17

Great book but

I listened and I am enjoying the story. I wish the reader had the right pronunciation for the words or cities. I grew up in Nigeria and it took me a bit to figure out what cities the reader was referring to. I enjoyed it.

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  • Eshin
  • 2018-04-16

Audible.. you couldn't find a Yorùbá narrator?





Audible I am thoroughly upset with how this book was narrated!! 4 chapters in and I had to stop to write this review. I cannot go on any further. It is disappointing to think that a book based on my culture has to be butchered in such a way. This book is based on Yorùbá culture, the cities the Dieties the whole entire story... But you are using an actress/narrator who has no idea how to pronounce Yorùbá words like Ìbàdàn and màmá àgbà.... I mean... I cringe every time I hear her say certain words... No offense to her...but she is in no position to do justice to this book.... Are you saying in the whole Wide world we couldn't find a Yorùbá actress or narrator to narrate this award winning book for us?? Please audible.... Africa is not one country and we don't all sound the same and speak the same language... Please for upcoming books in this series I beg you.... Let's get someone that actually speaks the language to narrate and use the proper intonation and accent.... I have been using audible for several years and this is my first negative review.... Please let's do better...

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  • A. Sunmonu
  • 2018-03-18

amazing new story.....so-so narrator

love the new book....but the narrator ruined it for me. being a Yoruba speaker and understanding the language, it was extremely jarring to have someone mangle the language in a way that makes it clear the narrator doesn't understand what she's saying.
if I didn't know the "foreign" language used, i think I'd have enjoyed the book more.
I hope the next book gets narrated by a dual speaker of English and Yoruba, as it would make an amazing difference....may yet get the e-book version in order to enjoy the book as it should be.
Also, had to listen to the book at 1.4x narration speed, just to have a normal pace!

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  • Sonja F.
  • 2018-03-10

Five Stars are not Enough!

Adeyemi did a brilliant job of organizing the storyline. The characters were so vibrant, realistic and yet distinctly different from one another. I could stop listening as the story griped me time and time again. The Children of Blood and Bone rivals(if not surpasses) Harry Potter, a fictitious far away dreamland. The adventures of the main characters were so vividly portrayed the reader easily feels apart of the journey. Although this may appear to be a young adult book, any age will enjoy it. Adeyemi builds the story to exciting conclusion that leaves the reader wanting more. I will be first in line to preorder the next one!

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2018-08-06

A compelling, original fantasy

I loved this book. Now, if I can just say something more useful...

Tomi Adeyemi is Nigherian-American. This is a book grounded in Nigerian tradition, storytelling, and imagery, and reflecting, in mythic form, many of the tensions affecting contemporary American society. Because I listened ti the audiobook, I'm relying on Wikipedia for spellings.

The kingdom of Orȉsha once had a thriving culture of magic-wielding maji clans, living among the non-magical kosidàn. Then King Saran blamed the maji, all of them, for the death of his first family. He destroyed magic, by means that we don't fully understand at least in this first volume of the trilogy, and killed all the adult maji. Their underage children of likely magical talent, called diviners, are left alive, on the theory that they can now never become maji, but they and their kosidàn family members face punitive taxation and harsh punishment for even small offenses.

Zélie is a young diviner, about seventeen now, who saw her mother murdered by royal soldiers in what is referred to as "the raid," when Saran had all the maji killed. The first part of the book is about the events that led Zélie to launch an unlikely crusade to restore magic, with her even more unlikely ally, Saran's daughter, Princess Amari. Their equally determined opponent is Amari's brother, Crown Prince Inan. Zélie's brother, Tzain, like their father not magical at all, thinks this is a terrible idea until it becomes clear that the only alternative is that they'll all be killed--but he promised their dead mother and still-living Baba (father, in Yoruba), that he would protect Zélie no matter what.

We're taken on a journey through a brilliantly realized world, with characters who are complex, compelling mixes of good and bad, strength and weakness. This is, as I said, the first book of a trilogy, and there is a larger, overarching story, but this book is about Zélie's quest to bring back magic, and reaches a proper and satisfying interim conclusion.

I can't recommend this highly enough. I wasn't initially attracted to this book, but was pressed to read it by someone whose tastes have, I would have thought, not enough overlap for me to be able to trust a recommendation for what looked like simply the start of yet another multi-volume fantasy epic. Oh, how wrong I was! It is rich, original, not at all what I expected, and pulled me in almost immediately.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • t.morris
  • 2018-07-12

started out so strong

then became repetitive and boring. it says i have to have a minimum of 15 words, but i really have no more to say...

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  • Deborah
  • 2019-02-13

Great story, but an actress who can speak the Yoruba language would have been best

I enjoyed the uplifting messages this book gave readers, such as courage, positivity, bravery, fearlessness, and so much more! I really liked reading about the magical folklore in Nigeria. It seemed to be pretty cool to me. It gave us a view of the authors vivid imagination. I liked how the narrator made it easy to distinguish each character by the tone of voice used for each of them.

With that being said I was disappointed to hear that the book was not narrated by a Nigerian. I’m Nigerian and speak Yoruba and can’t understand how the author did not want to have a Yoruba actress narrate her book. Don’t get me wrong, Bonnie Turpin is a great actress but not for this book.

When I first began to listen to the book, it was very difficult to continue because the narrators accent sounded so opposite of a Yoruba accent. It sounded almost South African to me. The narrator actually confused me when she spoke Yoruba and said the incantations because I found it hard to understand what she was saying most of the time.

Overall, the book was a good read but the narration brought my rating down.

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  • espe
  • 2018-06-12

Histoire inspirante, écriture impressionnante

J'ai adoré ce livre: je l'ai dévore en quelques jours, malgré mes examens. L'intrigue est très bien menée et le rythme de l'histoire est très soutenu

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  • Aluna
  • 2018-12-15

Sympathique

Belle performance audio; Histoire intéressante; Bon système de magie. Un peu trop YA, mais à voir dans la suite :-) Dans tous les cas, je fus ravie de voir ma culture représentée ainsi.